After an inconsistent start to the season, Bearden’s girls basketball team has won its past nine games against in-state competition, including the most recent win over Fulton High on Wednesday.
The Lady Bulldogs won 46-33 with post players Jakhyia Davis and Grace Van Rij scoring 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Coach Justin Underwood expressed how important Davis, only a sophomore, is to the team and how her talent is beyond what a stat sheet can show, although the stat sheet is still pretty impressive.
“She is averaging a double-double for us right now, about 12 points a game and 12 rebounds a game,” Coach Underwood said. “There’s so many things that you can’t see in a stat book like altering shots, getting [loose balls], different things like that that have helped us as a team.”
Both Davis and Van Rij are listed at heights of 6-foot-2, giving them a unique advantage that most teams do not have.
“I think it’s a huge advantage, with other teams they don’t really have two big posts,” Van Rij said. “Usually they have one big one, and even then they aren’t really our height so we use that as a way to work with each other on the court; we can pass it better, and it makes a lot easier to score.”
Added Davis: “We have good passing … and we make good plays off each other and score pretty easily.”
The Lady Bulldogs will look to avenge an early season loss to Hardin Valley, when they host the Lady Hawks on Friday. HVA beat Bearden 51-46 on Dec. 12.
While Bearden has its immediate sights set on getting the next win, the Lady Bulldogs also have bigger expectations down the road.
“We want to go to state,” added Van Rij. “It’s mine and [guard Trinity Lee’s] senior year, and she has pretty much been a star since freshman year, so I think we both deserve it and are looking forward to it.”